About Us



The Thoughts & Gifts Project began its path many years ago after founder and president, Jean Love, was driving along country roads to visit family during the holiday season and heard a commercial about providing gifts for youth who may not otherwise receive presents. Upon conclusion of the commercial, she questioned to herself why there were not more programs to help celebrate other important days in children’s lives, such as their birthdays.

For many years she continued to think about this idea. Then, in 2017, she began the process of turning the idea into a reality.

Now, The Thoughts & Gifts Project is a 501(c)(3) public charity serving Polk County, Oregon to not only celebrate birthdays for underserved youth, but also for qualifying senior citizens.

Tax ID # 82-3488166



Our Board of Directors

The Thoughts & Gifts Project is a volunteer-based organization managed by our dedicated Board of Directors.

Founder & Executive Director

Jean Love


Molly McDermond
Call Center Manager
Oregon State Credit Union


Lacey Johnson


Jennifer Bisek
Tapestry Coordinator
Partnerships in Community Living, Inc.


Our Impact Reports

Our sincerest gratitude to everyone who continues to make The Thoughts & Gifts Project a success!
Birthdays would not be as special without the generous cash contributions, donated gifts in-kind, and volunteered time of our supporters.

2020 Impact Report

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2019 Impact Report

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2018 Impact Report

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Want to help make a difference
in the lives of others on their birthday?